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What Is The Difference Between A Mac And A Pc?

Postby Gualterio » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:37 am

Macs use a subset of PC hardware and vendors, in other words Apple takes components from different manufacturers and puts together the computer just like Dell, HP, Toshiba,etc..
(Example: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/05/...

), they have just as many problems as any other PC company.. They also produced an Operating System called OS X, OS X can run on many new PC's (with a tweak) but it is illegal since Apple wants you to buy their brand of computers. They charge more for less hardware because people don't understand hardware and go for the logo and due to a large marketing overhead and design.

PC=Variety of specs, options, quality, prices, vendors, support

Mac=One vendor, limited options, still more expensive.
Look below for more information..

Today, Macs use the same hardware as PCs. Why spend extra to get the same CPU chips, graphics cards and OS X isn't as secure as you think..

Don't believe the lies that Macs are better than PCs at graphics/animation..
Dreamworks Animation http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/ under studio click on Technology of Animation, an independent film maker I know uses PCs, a graphic artist I used to know uses PCs also.

A number of PCs can also run OS X (Mac OS) http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=os+... as well just that Apple makes it illegal in order to get Market share.. The reason why Mac can run native Windows is because it is using a subset of PC hardware,

If you decide to buy a Mac for running Windows, you will still have to get the same virus/spyware protection, and run into the same issues as a regular PC.

Now is a Mac worth buying for OS X?

I say: NO... for the following reasons...


Aprox 90% of the market is Windows and most PCs have windows already pre-installed.

1) Some websites require Internet Explorer, to run IE on Mac you really get ies4osx which is the Windows version of IE running really buggy and illegal if you don't have a legitimate copy of Windows.

2) Supports devices (printers and other things you hook into the computer).

3) More business software/games

4) Want the dock on OS X (Mac)? google/yahoo rocketdock, objectdoc.

5) Used by businesses.


1) FREE (most versions are)

2) Install software by eitjher 1) Synaptic Package Manager, 2) Add/Remove 3) Opening a .deb or .rpm file (depending on distribution)

2) Like the Mac OS X effects? go yahoo/google COMPIZ FUSION which can do any cool effect a Mac can do and many ore....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3gkX9HDfEE (there is no flickering when you use it like on the video, not sure why the person has the flicker)

3) Mac OS X Doc? google/yahoo Avant Window Navigator.Cairo Dock, http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3rf5q_cairo-dock-mac-os-x-leopard-dock-on_tech


4) It is FASTERr/MORE SECURE to surf on the internet

5) Some Windows programs work with Wnehq/Crossover (also avail on Mac, but why pay $$$)

Instructions how to download, burn and boot http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/

Dual Boot Instructions http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_windows_xp_and_linux_xp_installed_first.htm


Mac OS X was hacked in 2006 less than 30 minutes, and within 2 minutes in a contest in 2008 . Linux and Vista were not hacked until another day when restrictions were lowered. Vista was next, and then Linux.

Macs are standardized with Cameras, if your Mac gets hacked, the hacker can turn on your camera with more ease.

Please Note: All OS's have vulnerabilities.





Mac OS X has viruses (and significantly on the rise), a friend of mine has a virused Mac. As more users use Macs, more viruses will come out for it. Especially when users think "they are safe".





Contrary to belief, Macs are not better quality. Apple also has been changing suppliers to try to "lower the price" and thus lowering quality. Even with the lower prices, Macs still cost more, they spend a higher percent of budget trying to make it look pretty, and marketing.

Sample of problems: Overheating Macbooks, OS X- not responding to keyboard, some units with 16bit screens, etc. Apple statistics are misleading since Mac users with problem machines are more likely to go out and buy a new computer than PC users.
Apple is lowering prices which means you can expect lower quality than in the past. Apple had switched the manufacturers producing parts. OS X also has problems slowing down.





Repairs are more expensive than PCs since the IMac, Mac Mini are compact units, and Apple charges a premium for their services. Some repairs can be done by another repair service but the compact design of the computer causes problems.

With an IMac, if the problem is with the monitor, the whole computer would have to be brought in.

IMac and Mac mini lack expansion.


A similar equipped PC is much cheaper to purchase than Mac. Lets use Dell (but you can compare with another PC Brand if you like)


Dell Inspiron Laptop $849 dropped to $799

15" Screen

CPU: (upgrade to) 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

Memory: 3GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM

Hard Drive: 320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm

Optical Drive: Blu-ray Disc Combo (DVD+/-RW + BD-ROM) - WRITES DVDS,CDS, READS Blue-Ray Disks

Macbook $1349 just dropped to $1224

13" Screen (SMALLER)

CPU: 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (SAME)

Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (SAME)

Memory: (upgrade to) 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (LESS RAM)

Hard Drive (upgrade to) 250GBSerial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (SMALLER HARD DRIVE)

Optical Drive: (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) - (Writes CDs, DVDs, cannot read Blue-Ray) (WORSE AND 1/2 SPEED)




PLEASE NOTE: I compare Apple Mac's vs Dells best deal. If you really want an all-in one the Dell all-in-one has more ram, wireless keyboard and mouse and equivalent to $400 for free making the Imac still more expensive when you matching specs. Personally I don't think the All-in-Ones are a good choice, and consider them overpriced, lack expandability and repairs both more expensive and require the entire computer.

PS: Apple knows that they need to make Macintosh look different than PC so all Macs except the Mac Pro will not have a tower option. Apple's low end lacks expandability but it makes the Mac "look different", if Mac had a tower for low-end, more people would realize the similarities between the two.

Dell: (At The Moment) Specs Below costs $809

CPU: 2.4 GHZ Dell Inspiron QUAD (4 Processor) CORE

SCREEN: 20inch Screen


HARD DRIVE: 500 GB hard Drive


GRAPHICS: (upgrade to ) ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO 128MB

The Mac Mini since it has no monitor, keyboard, mouse, very skimpy on options and setup and is not the best deal... The IMac is better price than the Mac Mini.

IMac ($1400)

CPU: 2.4 GHZ DUAL (2 Processor) CORE (SLOWER CPU)

SCREEN: 20inch Screen

MEMORY: (upgrade to) 2GB Ram (LESS RAM)

HARD DRIVE: (upgrade to ) 500 GB hard Drive

OPTICAL DRIVE: 8x DVD Reader/Writer (1/2 speed)

GRAPHICS: ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO 128MB



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What Is The Difference Between A Mac And A Pc?

Postby Aldhelm » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:31 am

my macs have saved me over $4,000.

I have not had to tweak, upgrade or replace anything!

My hubby's Dell fried its motherboard! It was 18 months old.

He will be getting a quad-core HP.
It never fries motherboards and it is about 7 years old!
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What Is The Difference Between A Mac And A Pc?

Postby Wikvaya » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:51 pm

Generally, the term `Mac` refers to a computer made by the Apple company. Therefore, they usually run OS X, which is an operating system made by Apple. Nowadays, however, Apple computers have Intel processors, so you can install any OS onto them that you want to use. Still, most people use OS X since there's very little reason to buy a Mac if you're just going to put, say, Windows on it.

A PC refers to basically any personal computer. Yes, this does mean that a Mac is, technically speaking, a PC (since it *is* a personal computer after all). People don't usually refer to them as such, however. PCs run all sorts of different operating systems. One of the most common is Microsoft Windows. Sometimes, people use the term `PC` to refer to any personal computer that is running Windows. This is also somewhat incorrect usage of the term, since a computer running, Solaris, for example, is still a personal computer; it doesn't have to be running Windows.
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What Is The Difference Between A Mac And A Pc?

Postby Eleder » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:32 pm

A PC is used by a person who wants to do some computing.

A Mac is used by a dangerous cult member who thinks it makes them superior to everyone else and prefers brand over substance - oh and architects and graphic designers.
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Postby Wain » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:05 pm

There are lots of differences between Macs and PCs (whatever brand the PC is).

First is the Operating System.

MACs use OS X which is a fast, strong and reliable Operating System build on the base of Unix but perfected to suit the Macs family of desktop and laptops. OS X is know have close to ZERO problems compared to Windows and that is why is the MAIN choice of 3D Graphic companies and Movie Studios everywhere in the world.

PCs use Windows (98, ME, 2000, Xp, Vista...) which is a highly unstable and unreliable Operating System. Unfortunately, Windows operating systems have been plagued with endless bugs, viruses and security holes which make it a haven for hackers and a money bank for technicians. Way too many stories about the infamous BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death), drivers incompatibility, crashes and so on.

Macs are NOT as much sold as Windows yet there is a growing appreciation of Macs and its Operating System which shows with the last couple of years where Apple Macs sales went sky high compared to Windows PCs.

I have worked on Windows PCs all of my life and always wanted a Mac.

I couldn't make a TOTAL switch (there are programs out there that will ONLY work on Windows PCs such as the Desktop Manager for Blackberry) but I did make the most important switch by purchasing an iMac 24" 3 years ago and then a year ago.

Learning curve is almost NON existent (but then, I am the kind of person who does NOT need to read the user guide to know how to operate electronics and else), the OS is amazingly stable, I hook-up external hard-drives and they appear right away without the MAC asking me for drivers, I plug printers and to use the basic functions I do NOT need drivers, I can have a mouse with left and right click (as well as wheel click, thumb-up/thumb-down click), internet works out of the box, I plug USB keys and I don't need to wait for the OS to find the drivers as it JUST shows up right away like a HD.

A long story made short ?

Get a Mac and don't listen to those who talk bad about Macs because they can play games on it or because they don't understand it.
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Postby taye7 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:17 am

There are two many differences to list, but to give you a good idea, macs use operating system ten, its free, clean and uniformed, and very useful, pc's mainly run on microsoft products, like vista. macs tend to not get virus's or spyware ect.. where pc's get plenty of virus's and people have to pay for antivirus and other pc protection... macs are expensive but you get what you pay for..
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Postby Heortwiella » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:50 am

always better in Hawaii....thank you, thank you

macs are better
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Postby Achazia » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:13 am

The hardware utilized in a computing gadget and a Mac is precisely the comparable. So what's the version? nicely, value for one. a computing gadget with the precise comparable specs as an equivalent Mac will value a minimum of a million/3 much less. So, what do you get for the extra money? in many cases macs contain very sturdy monitors. you will get sturdy monitors to apply with your computing gadget yet they value extra advantageous than your hassle-free reveal. What else do you get to your money? no longer something yet a emblem of slightly bit fruit and the criminal appropriate to apply Mac working structures.
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